Fort Taber/Fort Rodman Park

  • South Rodney French Boulevard
  • New Bedford, MA 02744

A 50-acre waterfront park that provides over a mile of ocean frontage located on scenic Clark’s Point which projects into Buzzards Bay.  The park incorporates historical landmarks, offers many amenities and various opportunities for passive and active recreation. The centerpiece of the park is the historic Fort Rodman, built between 1857 and 1871 as part of the nation’s sea coast defense system. The fort is features interpretive signage and a military museum. There is over one mile of walking, jogging or biking paths, natural areas, a beach for bathing, a pier for fishing, a playground, community boating, a youth summer camp, and picnic areas offering panoramic views. The park is handicap accessible.  A large multi-purpose lawn allows for cultural programming, such as military reenactments and public concerts. Parking passes are available at the Parks, Recreation & Beaches office at 181 Hillman St. Building 3 or the City Clerk’s Office at 133 William St.